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WAFU 2019: Esso’s Goal Enough As Ghana Beat Gambia


Ghana kicked off the defence of their WAFU Cup of Nations title with a slender 1-0 win over Gambia at Stade Lat Dior in Thies, Senegal, on Tuesday.

The Black Stars started strong and came close to the opening goal in the 10th minute when Joseph Esso unleashed a long-range thunderbolt, but his effort went narrowly wide of the target.

The Gambians offered very little in the way of attack in the first half with their only significant chance coming courtesy of a 22-yard free-kick in the 20th minute, but Gibril Sillah blazed his attempt inches wide.
Ghana continued their dominance after that and were unlucky not to take the lead when a 30-yard shot from Mumuni Shafiu struck the top of the crossbar.

The Black Stars controlled possession in the first 45 but their decision making in the final third let them down as they entered the half-time break goalless.

Seven minutes into the second half defender Said Gaye almost turned the ball into his own net as he attempted to clear a left-wing cross from Ibrahim Moro, but fortunately for the Gambian player his header came off the post.

In the 66th minute the deadlock was finally broken when a low pin-point cross courtesy of Moro was turned home from a six-yards out by Esso.

Ten minutes later Gambia came close to equalising when a long throw-in into the Ghana box found Matarr Ceesay unmarked at the back post, but he headed straight at the keeper from close range.

In the 80th minute, the Scorpions were gifted a chance to level matters when the referee awarded a very dubious penalty after adjudging Alhassan Mohammed to have fouled Moudou Cham inside the box. Cham, though, failed to take the golden chance when he struck the penalty, which he had won, against the left post.

Ghana will now progress into the quarterfinals of the Cup competition where they will play Burkina Faso on October 4, while Gambia will take part in the Plate quarterfinals against Mauritania on the same day.

About Samuel A. Boakye-Buckman

Samuel A. Boakye-Buckman (popularly known as Dada Oliseh) is a self-motivated young journalist with a passion for telling stories better with pictures. He is the founder, owner, editor and bankroller of www.ghanasoccernews.com. He has a vast experience in the reporting of football-related activities in Ghana and beyond. A former employee of Hearts News (official mouthpiece of Accra Hearts of Oak), 90 minutes sports paper, National Sports Authority, Footballcrusader.com, sportscrusader.com, and ghanafootballnews.com, Samuel is one of the few energetic and self-motivated young journalist in Ghana with a large following on social media, especially Facebook (https://web.facebook.com/boakye.buckman.9). He is well known for his frequent updates from all over the country with pictures to match. He is also a correspondent for a few international websites, including CAF. In recent times, he has introduced, as part of his many talents, the live streaming of matches and football related activities. He lives in Accra Ghana.

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